Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 3 Stars
Decor: 4.0 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
One of the best seafood restaurants in Western Monmouth County
Attractive upscale, yet casual, industrial chic, ambiance
The serving of some menu items could use improvement. For example, offer diners the option of having Branzino cooked whole (intact with bones) and de-boned by the kitchen staff before serving. Only the more skilled and willing diners are able to successfully weed through the de-boning process.
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy creatively prepared seafood dishes using fresh caught seafood with attractive upscale, industrial chic, ambiance
Not Recommended For: For budget conscious diners who prefer a casual menu of fried seafood.
Recommended dishes: When available, Alaskan King Crab with clarified butter, baked potato, ratatouille vegetables; The Grilled whole Red Snapper, with olive oil, lemon, roasted potato, and sauteed greens; and The Linguine and Clams with garlic, oil, parsley, choice of white or red sauce.
Liquor: Full Bar Service with a good specialty cocktails, beers & wine. Bar scene is vibrant.
Cuzin's - Seafood Clam Bar, opened in the latter part of the summer of 2016, has become an instant success with diners who come to enjoy excellent seafood dishes with attractive industrial chic, upbeat ambiance.
It's quickly become one of the hottest restaurants in Western Monmouth County.
The restaurant is family operated and owned by Charlie Mayo.
The menu features a large section of creatively prepared seafood dishes using fresh caught seafood. The variety of seafood dishes include Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab, crab meat, Blue point oysters, clams, scungilli, and more, that can be found as the main ingredients in their soups, salads, appetizers, and entrees.
The overall quality of the dishes served is outstanding. The menu at Cuzin's comes alive with creativity. It's prepared with care using fresh ingredients, and without the use of heavy sauces to mask the taste of ingredients.
The construction of the restaurant is an architectural gem with exceptional decor and ambiance. The interior has an industrial chic look that runs throughout the dining room, bar area, and the "Heated Lounge".
The entire restaurant is softly lit with cool looking blue LED highlighting.
The dining area features a unique pinwheel banquette with three-sided radiated random plank wood tables. Hanging over the banquette is a custom chandelier mirroring the shape of the banquette.
The hallway leading to the kitchen and restrooms is done up with finishes of river rock, steel plates accented with shipbuilding rivets, reclaimed barn wood, distressed brick, and a custom honed-quartz bar top.
The bar area separates the dining room from the lounge. The bar has a flat screen TV and small tropical fish aquarium.
The lounge behind the 2 sided bar has tables and a few modern looking lounge sofas. The bar has a flat screen TV and small tropical fish aquarium.
During the warmer months there is dining al fresco on their outdoor patio. The outdoor bar features a retractable pergola roof that becomes part of the restaurant when the bi fold bar-height windows are opened, combining the two spaces.
Service is welcoming, well trained, and anticipatory without being intrusive. Beginning from the moment you arrive with a very welcoming greeting by the hostesses and continuing on throughout the meal by a team of wait staff including servers and bus boys.
Reservations made well in advance are a must for Friday & Saturday Evenings!
Cuzin's is open seven days/week Monday: through Thursday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Friday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM); Saturday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM) & Sunday: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Kitchen closes at 9:00 PM)
They have on-site parking with free Valet service.
(update December, 2016)
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